Look, two CEOs being all kiss-kiss.
This is what a Promoted Tweet — aka advertisement — looks like on the Twitter website:
How can you tell?
The first time I’ve seen something called a Twitter Alert:
It was just dumped into my stream, hours ago, to scroll by like any other tweet.
On Weibo, there’s a fixed area where they put a dismissable ad.
Twitter should steal that idea for Twitter Alerts. An Alert is something important and shouldn’t just scroll by in a timeline. It should be there at the top where people see it first and can click to dismiss it after reading.
Twitter is mulling the possibility of making promoted videos automatically play 6-second previews when they pop up in people’s feeds, according to people briefed on the company’s plans. If the autoplay previews were to catch someone’s eye, that person could click to watch the full video.
I won’t put up with scrolling through my timeline only to have it fucking pause to load a video and then break my concentration with some goddammed ad pitch preview I can’t prevent.
I’ll be out of there when this happens.